A New Industry Specific Qualification
*** Coming Soon ***
Unlike most other industries in Australia, there are almost no formal qualifications available for the firearms industry (other than specific programs for Defence, Police, Corrections and Security), yet there are over a million firearms users in Australia that do not work in these role including an extensive network of people operating firearms businesses, clubs and working with firearms every day. Most people are self-taught or learn from friends, family and other firearms users.
Asset College has started the lengthy process of developing and gaining national accreditation for a new qualification which will provide an option for formal learning in a variety of firearms occupations. Formal qualifications delivered by industry professionals provide numerous benefits to individuals and the broader industry including a consistent structured approach with targeted learning outcomes, proven education and training methodologies, access to learning support and other resources, a quality assured system and national recognition aligned to the Australian Qualifications Framework.
The purpose of this project is to develop an option for people in the industry to undertake formal learning, not to make it mandatory. Everyone learns differently and this course will not be suited to the whole industry however it will benefit many people and promote growth in the industry.
Our Certificate IV in Firearms is being developed with multiple streams:
- Certificate IV in Firearms (Operations)
- Certificate IV in Firearms (Safety Supervisor and Coach)
- Certificate IV in Firearms (Range Officer)
- Certificate IV in Firearms (Instructor)
- Certificate IV in Firearms (Dealer)
- Certificate IV in Firearms (Armourer)
- Certificate IV in Firearms (Range Manager)
The qualification will also include approximately 40 units of competency which can be delivered individually as short courses such as:
- Marksmanship Skills
- Firearms Maintenance
- Developing Range Safety Templates
- Importing and Exporting Firearms
- Gunshot Wound First Aid
- Developing Community Engagement Programs
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will the course take to complete?
We are not at a stage where we can provide specific course delivery details yet however as a guide, an AQF Certificate IV level qualification normally takes between 6 – 24 months. Actual time will vary for individuals based on their prior experience and a number of other factors.
Will Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) be available?
Yes. There will be an RPL assessment process for those who already have extensive experience and can provide evidence to demonstrate it.
Will this course meet the requirements to apply for a licence?
This course is not aimed at introductory firearms safety training for new shooters to apply for a licence. We cannot guarantee that the course will meet the requirements for licences such as dealers, armourers or instructors however we will be working with the regulators in each State/Territory to have the course recognised as evidence of knowledge/skills to obtain the relevant occupational licences.
Does this course guarantee me a job?
No. There is no course that will guarantee you a job however this course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to perform the role; one of the key criteria for gaining employment in any industry.
How will the course be delivered?
The plan is to deliver the course as a mix of face-to-face and online learning. Some units will also require a period of industry placement or work experience. There will be a good balance of theory and practical training.
How much will the course cost?
We are not at a stage where we can provide specific pricing information yet. When we get closer to our release date, prices will be posted on our website. Prices will vary depending on the stream and units selected.
Why do we need another firearms course?
Although we may not ‘need’ another firearms course a lot of people have asked for it and there are significant benefits to individuals as well as the broader industry by making it available for those that wish to undertake it.
When will the course be available for enrolments?
Not sure yet, there is a very long and complex process to gain accreditation for VET courses. Follow our Facebook page or join the mailing list and we will provide you with updates as they happen.
Where can I find out more information?
Follow our Facebook page or join the mailing list and we will provide you with updates as they happen. You can also register your interest with us to be on the first intake when the course is accredited and register to participate in our public consultation survey to be released shortly.